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What's a tumor that is considered benign? i thought tumors were cancer

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Not cancer: Tumor is a general term for a mass or swelling. Tumors may be benign or malignant. Benign tumors rarely kill.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What does benign mean for a tumor? I thought tumors were cancer.

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Not cancer: Tumor is a general term for a mass or swelling. Tumors may be benign or malignant. Benign tumors rarely kill.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Hello docs, is a benign tumor considered cancerous?

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Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
No: Benign tumor (non-malignant, non-cancerous tumors) can grow at many body sites. Tumors that are benign do not have the ability to spread to other parts of the body. In some instances benign tumors can cause health problems by growing to large sizes and pressing on adjacent structures such as nerves and blood vessels. It would be good to discuss your concerns with a physician.
A 47-year-old member asked:

If a person has a history of benign cancer, are they more likely to develop malignant tumor?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Nomenclature: Confusing! "benign cancer" is a contradiction in terms, but there are benign tumors (can grow huge but can't invade or spread), and there are cancers (like basal cell of the skin or many bladder cancers) that are slow and pose little short-term danger. There are genetic disease with multiple benign & malignant tumors; otherwise, tumors occur depending on risk factors and dumb luck.

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